Seeing an octopus in your dream can be quite unusual. You don’t really get to encounter the octopus on a regular basis in your waking life.
However, in dreams there are no limits – what may seem fantastical in your waking life is just regular fare for your dreams. Also, these definitely hold symbolisms for your waking life even if they are not the things you usually experience.
Table of Contents
- What Does the Octopus Represent in a Dream?
- Common Situations in Which You Dream of an Octopus
- Dream of Fighting with and Octopus
- Dream of Killing an Octopus
- Dream of Swimming around with an Octopus
- Dream of someone you know morphing into an octopus
- Dream of an octopus being on land, doing human things
- Dream of eating an octopus
- Dream of an octopus eating you
- Dream of being captured by an octopus
- Dream of watching an octopus in a tank or in the sea
What Does the Octopus Represent in a Dream?
The octopus can represent a lot of things. It is an animal who has 8 limbs – commanding great control of other animals that may come its way. That said, these may be one of its many symbolisms.
In the Bible, there are times that the octopus was referred to as something to stay away from. These biblical interpretations may also be one of the ways you can view the octopus that you dreamed about.
Symbolic of Control
As mentioned, the octopus has 8 limbs, giving it a great command over other animals that may come its way. Seeing an octopus in your dream may be symbolic of control in your waking life.
For one, it may be that you are the one controlling the people or the circumstances around you. Evaluate as much as you can: are you being balanced with the control you place on other people, taking into consideration their needs as well?
Or have you gotten to the point where you are verging on being overbearing towards them, that you somehow need to relinquish them of your control?
Maybe someone else is overly controlling you in your life – and you are finding a way to avoid that person so that you may breathe a little bit. Too much control exacted on another can understandably be suffocating.
It may be time to let go, if you are the one being warned in this dream. But if it is more likely that the octopus represents someone else, it may do you good to get away from the presence of that person in the meantime.
Symbolic of avoidance
One biblical meaning of the octopus in your dream could be something that you need to avoid. In the bible, there is a warning about staying away from animals that do not have scales or fins. You may have to steer clear of someone, or something, in your life.
Who that person is or what that situation is – is something you have to meditate on to find deeper understanding about, in case the answer isn’t coming quickly to you.
Symbolic of dropping an action or habit
Alternatively, the octopus could be talking about something you shouldn’t be doing. It may mean that there is something that you’re doing that is not going to cause you any good.
Make sure you are keeping stock of the things you are doing and ascertain whether these are things that are improving you and your life, or if they are in fact doing the opposite.
Symbolic of your fickleness
The octopus is seen as an animal that can change its appearance easily. This dream may be warning you to be more firm with your decisions and with your character.
You may be acting too much like a chameleon in your dealings, just to get along or please the people you are encountering or doing business with.
It is better to be firm with your values so that you know what you are standing up for, and what you are particularly against. It also paints you as a more reliable person, even though you may not be pleasing everyone.
Symbolic of deception
Inasmuch as the message could be about you, dreaming of an octopus could also signify that there is someone around you that needs to be evaluated further.
Be careful at taking certain people at face value – they may actually be trying to deceive you with what they are doing or telling you.
Just like the octopus that can change its physical appearance, there are people who are projecting that they are something that is not truthful to who they really are.
Symbolic of greed
The octopus, with its eight limbs capable of capturing anything in its sight, could be a symbol of your greed. What you are seeing may be enticing you, and this may be causing you to want more of it than necessary.
It is better to be balanced with your possessions and only take what you need. Release the need for greed – there is enough to go around and you don’t have to take everything for yourself and yourself alone.
Common Situations in Which You Dream of an Octopus
Dream of Fighting with and Octopus
In your dream, if you are fighting with an octopus, it may mean that you are battling your inner demons of greed and/or wanting to control everything and everyone around you.
You may really want to be more lighthearted about everything, but you are finding it hard to do so. Alternatively, it could also mean that you are in conflict with someone in your life who is trying to control you or who is suffocating you in some way.
Dream of Killing an Octopus
If you dreamt of killing an octopus, this may mean that you have overcome that struggle in your life to relinquish control, or your tendency to be overbearing. Or, it may mean you have been able to rid yourself of someone who is causing this to you.
Dream of Swimming around with an Octopus
This may mean a lot of things. One, it could mean that you are around some sort of threat or danger, from someone or something that is not going to give you much benefit. This person may be trying to deceive you.
This may also mean that you are already in a dance with someone, such as a deal or a negotiation, but this person is not particularly to be trusted. It is best to stay away from these kinds of people or situations.
Dream of someone you know morphing into an octopus
This could be that someone in your life is being too controlling that they are turning into a monster. If you can identify who the person is before they morphed, check if it is aligned with reality.
Dream of an octopus being on land, doing human things
For example, you may be dreaming of an octopus stopping you from getting into a certain place. This may symbolize a real person in your life restricting you from doing something you want or getting to a place that you want to be.
For instance, it could be an octopus barricading the entrance to the mall. This may be a sign that you should stop shopping so much.
Or, it may be that an octopus is surrounding a playground. This may mean someone is stopping you from playing or doing other recreational activities in your waking life.
It could be more specific, like an octopus blocking your way from your desk, where you work. Someone may be restricting you from doing your work more freely.
There may also be an octopus obstructing your view of the outside world. This could be a sign of overprotective guardians or parents, who want to shield you from different perspectives about life.
Dream of eating an octopus
There may be times that you are able to get over the traits that restrict you from living more fully, or you may also have broken free from people who are trying to control you.
Your dream of eating an octopus may be a symbol of your triumph over them and you finally being clear of their influence.
Dream of an octopus eating you
This dream may represent a fear or anxiety you have in your waking life, and letting it consume you. Take heed of this dream.
It may be high time that you remove yourself from that toxic situation or relationship, in order that you may live your life more liberally.
Dream of being captured by an octopus
This may be a sign that you are resigning yourself to controlling treatment, even though it may not be good for you or justified. You are giving up.
In your waking life, it may be good to go to sources of power and control, so that you can take charge of your life again and steer it in the direction you want to go. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that submitting to a controlling person is going to make it better.
Dream of watching an octopus in a tank or in the sea
This may mean that you are calmly observing the people who are trying to get their way with others through unjust means, and that you have found a way to be detached from it.
It could be that you have mastered these controlling people, letting them feel that they are having their way with others but they can’t ever do that to you, because you know how not to participate in their games.
Seeing an octopus in your dream can have a lot of biblical and spiritual interpretations. Know that these are meant to guide you, so that if you do see a representation in your waking life, you will be able to interpret what it could mean for you.
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